Padres at Cardinals Fantasy Betting Preview June 11, 2018

Seven games separate the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card standings. San Diego is likely happy to just be in the conversation during yet another rebuild season. St. Louis, on the other hand, has higher aspirations.

Pitching matchup

Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.70 ERA) has had an up-and-down transition to the Padres rotation. His final start in May was fantastic (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K vs. Marlins), but he was awful against the Braves his last time out (4.1 IP, 8 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 1 K). His career numbers against these Cardinals hitters aren’t too promising either.

Jack Flaherty (2-2, 3.20 ERA) gets forgotten in this fantastic St. Louis rotation, but he’s only owned in 55.1 percent of ESPN leagues and could be worth picking up. Six of the righty’s seven starts have lasted six innings or less. He’s not a work horse yet, but he’s still only 22, and his manager keeps him in positions to succeed.

Better play: Flaherty

The rookie is as steady as they come. He will nab you a handful of strikeouts and is unlikely to implode against a subpar San Diego lineup.

Who should start

  • Dexter Fowler is having a tough season, and he’s not always a guarantee to be in the lineup, but he has excelled against Lyles. In his career, he is 3-for-7 with a home run and five walks.
  • Travis Jankowski is one of the few Padres hitters worth owning. The left-handed hitter has done well against right-handed pitchers (.312/.385/.398 and his only home run) this year.

Who should sit

  • Matt Carpenter’s versatility is awesome to have on a fantasy roster, and he has been hitting well since April, but he has trouble with Lyles (1-for-8, three strikeouts).
  • Christian Villanueva has struggled lately, and he appears to be dealing with a minor ankle injury. Stay away until he kicks back into high gear.

Prediction

Cardinals too win, The Padres are the type of team that the Cards need to whoop on if they want a chance at staying in the race out of the Central. They’ve got the upper hand here for deploying the better pitcher, the hotter lineup and for having home field advantage.

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